In 2010 the initial forecast was 470,000 springers. Final forecast ended up at 315,000.
Just as an example, let’s take away the sport fishing, nontribal and tribal gillnets and say only live capture by seines was used that year in the LCR. With current live capture mortality with more tests to come all hatchery springers technically but not practically could have been caught with a 400 fish mortality way below the 2.2 impact rate for the LCR that year and that also doesn’t deduct for the mark rate. The majority mortality rate is really determined and split between the 3 groups that didn’t fish--- that would be status quo. Replace the gillnets with live capture isn’t status quo.
Now with the commercials changing from gill nets to live capture, that would translate that handle to each of the other individual fisheries in the CR and there would be tens of thousands of bycatch savings with the usage of live capture.
Instead the commercial gillnet stooges----- the Gov. of OR and his merry lunatics think status quo is the answer.
Washington counterparts need to add some sanity to this fallacy. Idaho should chip in also since it is that bycatch that translates into their quality of fisheries in their state also.
The final count by TAC was 315,000 spring Chinook for 2010 of which 9100 were caught in the main stem by commercials. The fishery was reported as tangle net only which would be 18.5% mortality by the MA.
So 1,684 fish were thrown back dead as bycatch.
To compare that scenario with the new live capture seine gear, there would have been 12 fish killed as by catch with current mortality rate with more tests on the way, compared to 1,684 dead as status quo gill nets.
So, Oregon wanting to phase out gill nets in the main stem makes sense, but moving gill nets to the SAFE areas instead of phasing them out totally is like the metaphor used on here of just moving around the chairs on the Titanic before it sinks.---<WASTE OF TIME AND NATURAL RESOURCES> when considering all commercial fisheries involved in the CR.
The Feds, Idaho, and WA need to sit down with Oregon because it just isnít Oregon being affected by this ill advised waste and absurdity.